VIVIAN NEUWIRTH - Playwright/Producer
Ms. Neuwirth is an award-winning playwright who is thrilled to have her new play, which has been in development for three years, produced as a full production by The Midtown International Theatre Festival. Mr. Toole has been expanded from a one act that was presented in the Estrogenius 2014 Short Play Festival, where it won awards for Best Play and Best Playwriting. Vivian continued to develop it with EstroGenius 2016 where it received staged readings as a full length in March at the 4th Street Theatre. Other works include NOLA, Three Plays About Home, a trilogy about Katrina (co-produced by Manhattan Theatre Source and Lagniappe Productions, published) at TheatreLab, The Key (EstroGenius 2012 Audience Favorite, published) at The Barrow Group, Fun on the Bayou (published: Best Plays of the Strawberry Festival, Best Actress Award), Lifeline (Samuel French Short Play Festival), Destination (InGenius Festival and InGenius Encores), Mardi Gras Child, Do You Know What It Means and The Towering Dead (Neighborhood Playhouse). Acting credits: The Kennedy Center (Marvin’s Room), The Goodman, Minetta Lane, The Barter, The York, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Alonquin, The ArcLight and Abingdon Theatre. Member of the Dramatists Guild, AEA and Writers at the Players. Graduate of the Juilliard School. Vivian is from New Orleans and was a student of John Kennedy Toole. She dedicates this play to him.
CAT PARKER - Director
Cat Parker is the Artistic Director of Articulate Theatre Company, where she recently directed Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." She has worked regionally at Dallas Theater Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Oklahoma City Rep. Cat was the Producing Director at T. Schreiber Studio, and has directed at The WorkShop Theater Company, Creative Place NYC, Mid-Town International Theatre Festival, Abingdon Theatre, and UrbanStages. Favorite productions include Picasso at the Lapin Agile (NYIT Award Winner), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Towards Zero, A Doll’s House, a steampunk-influenced Twelfth Night (NYIT Award Winner), the New York premiere of Sister Cities, (NYIT Award Nominee), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and Parts of Parts & Stitches. She assisted Jerry Zaks on the Broadway debut of A Bronx Tale, featuring Chazz Palmenteri. She has recently embarked on a project to interview the directors of New York’s Indie theatre world. You can read about it on her blog: DirectorSpeak.
ERIC SIEGEL - Video Consultant
Eric is a veteran television/film director, art director, and production designer specializing in an integrated approach to the creative direction and technical execution of programming and entertainment of all kinds. In a career spanning over 30 years he has provided creative and technical leadership to the world’s most prestigious program producers, including the ABC, CBS, PBS, HBO and MSG television networks. He has been the director of, or a contributing director to, the widest possible variety of live television broadcasts – election nights, town hall meetings, political debates and conventions, prime-time news magazines, morning shows, Sunday roundtables, musical performances, parades, evening and late night news, and more special events than he dares try to remember. His work as a director, art director, and production/scenic designer has been recognized with 11 Emmy awards, the Dupont Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, a Christopher Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and over 25 Broadcast Designers Association awards.
Becky Abramowitz - Assistant Director/Rehearsal Stage Manager
Director Off-Off-Broadway: Parked; Regional: The Weight We Carry, The Day Boy and…, Thirst. Assistant Director Off-Broadway: Ghost Light…, The Law of Return; Regional: Veils, His Girl Friday, Shining City, Same Time…. Production Assistant Off-Broadway: A Doll's House, The Father, Pericles. B.A. Theatre FSU.
Aileen Abercrombie - Costume Designer
Aileen Abercrombie is a costume designer for film, television, theater, music videos, web series, and branded content based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on projects in every budget and medium, from international blockbuster to indies, on Broadway and off, cable and network. She recently designed the feature film AARDVARK, starring Zachary Quinto, Jon Hamm, and Jenny Slate, which will be premiering at festivals later this year. As an assistant, Aileen honed her craft under such notable designers as Patrizia Von Brandenstein (David Mamet’s THE ANARCHIST), Michael Wilkinson (PRADA ICONOCLAST), and Isabel Toledo (AFTER MIDNIGHT). In addition to her design work, Aileen has recently written an e-book for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts about their costume collection. After graduating from Fordham University with classical history degree that concentrated on ancient theater and literature, Aileen began her career working in the fashion industry. She moved on to accessories design, establishing her own jewelry line, which has been featured in Men’s Journal, Lucky Magazine, Daily Candy and Frisky. Costume design proved to be her calling, folding in Aileen’s love of storytelling and collaboration with other artists into her design work.
CHARLEY LAYTON - Dialect Coach
Charley Layton is a dialect/speech coach and voice-over artist who has been working in New York City for over 15 years. He has coached over 50 theater, film and TV productions. He currently teaches accents and dialects at NYU through the Atlantic Acting School. www.accentsnyc.com
GEORGE ALLISON - Set & Video Designer
For over 30 years, George has been designing award-winning scenery for television, theatre and film. During his 10-year run as senior production designer for ABC News, his award winning works included Good Morning America (co-designed with Stuart Wurtzel) and Nightline. Other ABC credits include World News Tonight, PrimeTime Live, This Week, 20/20 and numerous specials. Recent design work includes MTV's Rapfix and VMA All Access; Intelligence Squared Debates for the Rosenkrantz Foundation; Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies; Vine Talk with Stanley Tucci for PBS and the game shows Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Power of 10. Corporate projects include design work for Goldman Sachs, Yahoo, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Council on Foreign Relations and the White House Press Briefing Room. Film work includes production design for several independent films and second unit art direction for the action-comedy feature film The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell. He has designed over 200 Off-Broadway theatre productions. New York work includes The Strike by Rod Sterling, Divine Right, Carreno, and Nightshade by Howard Koch. He is also proud of his work for the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre Company and Theatre by the Blind. His most recent theatre work includes his award-winning design for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Sister Cities, Twelfth Night and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
VINCENT MARANO - Co-Producer
Vincent Marano has been a fixture in the New York Theatre community for over twenty five years, most notably producing, directing and writing plays for the Manahttan Theatre Source and the New York International Fringe Festival since 2002. Vincent directed and was the dramaturge for the award-winning productions of Tim Nolan’s The Way Out (Fringe, 2002) and Acts of Contrition (Fringe, 2003), as well as his own Confirmation (Fringe 2009). His new translation of Macchivelli’s The Mandrake (manhattan theatre source, 2007) was well reviewed by the New York Times. He directed his critically acclaimed plays A Collapse (Fringe, 2006) and note to self (manhattan theatresource, 2007), while his play La Vigilia (Fringe, 2008) moved to Manhattan Theatre Source in September 2008 for an extended run. Since 2009, Vincent has been an active member of The Writers’ Forum and his short plays The Degas Incident, BuddyBoys and My Baby have been hits of the Ingenius Play Festival. In 2010, Vincent won the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award for Playwriting. Vincent got his start with The Family MCC and Circle Rep. He has studied at the Roundabout and Terry Schrieber Studios and worked with the Drama Project. At the Classic Stage Company he produced the critically acclaimed Box Office of the Damned (with the then unknown Kristin Chenoweth), was a resident director at Belmont Italian American Playhouse; producing or directing a dozen plays, including early works by Julia Jordan, and a series of Italian language productions of Pirandello, Dario Fo and Eduardo De Fillipo. He has been nominated two years in row for NYIT Award for Best Short Script (My Baby/2011 and Artistic License/2012) He produced a critically acclaimed festival of his own one-act plays: What I Meant Was… at the Manhattan Theatre Source in September 2011. He’s currently working on his “Italian-American Iceman Cometh” and adapted several of his short works for film. A number of plays are available at
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KIA ROGERS - Lighting Designer
Off Broadway: Angeles/Almas at BAM Fisher, Made In Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage through Light and Shadows at Theatre at St. Clement’s, Pressing Empty at Danspace, Sistas The Musical at St. Luke’s. Regional: Thieves by Charlotte Miller in LA. Selkie by Sarah Shaefer in San Francisco. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Tours: The God Box Project with Mary Lou Quinlan, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014. Kia has been a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble based in New York City since 2010 - www.krogersld.com.